Neponset River

Neponset rages in unrelenting rain as residents lose power and underpasses flood

Neponset River in Lower Mills around 5 p.m., SundayNeponset River in Lower Mills around 5 p.m., Sunday

With the nor'easter dumping several inches of rain on the region, the level of the normally placid Neponset rose dramatically along its course on Sunday.  Read more

Veto of Neponset cleanup funds puzzles activists

Gov. Deval Patrick's veto of $12 million for the cleanup of the lower Neponset River has left activists puzzled and hopeful that lawmakers will move to restore the money. The funds were meant to be part of a $1.7 billion bond bill that Patrick signed in August. In a press release announcing the signing, there was no mention of the Neponset veto or any others.  Read more

Neponset 'Esplanade' gets $5m OK

Three miles of bike path starting in Mattapan Square, a revamped Martini Shell for performances, and a new canoe and kayak launch in Hyde Park will be part of a new "Neponset River Esplanade," Gov. Deval Patrick announced last week, approving $5.18 million for the work.

The park will be another step in the state's long-term master plan to build parks and paths along the entire coast of Dorchester and the banks of the Neponset, connecting Boston Harbor to the Blue Hills Reservation in Milton.  Read more

Advocates push for bond money for the Neponset

State lawmakers are seeking to tack on a $12 million amendment to Gov. Deval Patrick's $1.4 billion environmental bond bill. The amendment would potentially include $7 million for the removal of pollutants, known as PCBs, from the Neponset River's sediments, with the rest potentially going for "fish ladders" and the exploration of the removal or maintenance of two state-owned dams in order to aid the return of herring and shad runs.  Read more

Public meetings set to discuss Neponset pollution, dams

A public meeting at Carney Hospital next week will detail the findings of a much-anticipated report on water quality in the Neponset River - and on whether two industrial dams, including the Baker Dam in Lower Mills, should be removed or altered.  Read more

Studies document PCB contamination problem in Neponset River; New reports could prove decisive in resolving dams' fate

The Baker Dam in Lower Mills is one of two dams on the Neponset River in Boston. Environmental advocates want the dam removed to facilitate fish migration. New studies due out this month will also point to the dam's role in trapping sediments that contain PCBs, remnants of industrial waste dumped into the river decades ago. Reporter file photo